NCRPO chief supports police classification based on military ranks

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Philippine National Police (PNP) – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head Director Oscar Albayalde is supporting House Bill 5236, a measure seeking to modify the rank classification of uniformed personnel in the Philippine National Police (PNP) by adopting the rank classification used in the military establishment.

The said bill in the House of Representative is now approved on second reading. It will amend Section 28 of Republic Act No. 6975 also known as the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990.

Under RA 6975, Section 28, PNP officers are ranked as: Director General, Deputy Director General, Director, Chief Superintendent, Senior Superintendent, Superintendent, Chief Inspector, Senior Inspector, Inspector, Senior Police Officer IV, Senior Police Officer III, Senior Police Officer II, Senior Police Officer I, Police Officer III, Police Officer II, Police Officer I.

Under the proposed amendment, PNP officers will be ranked as: Police General, Police Lieutenant General, Police Major General, Police Brigadier General, Police Colonel, Police Lieutenant Colonel, Police Major, Police Captain, Police Lieutenant, Police Master Sergeant, Police Technical Sergeant, Police Staff Sergeant, Police Sergeant, Police Corporal, Patrolman First Class, Patrolman.

“Matagal na naming talagang ni-recommend at we were really asking the Congress na napakatagal na to put back yung old ranks namin dahil unang una hanggang ngayon, marami pa rin ang hindi makaintindi doon sa ranggo,” Police Director Albayalde said as quoted by GMA News Online.

Principal author of the bill Antipolo City 2nd District Representative Romeo Acop said “despite the usage of such terms for the last 20 years, the public seems to have been more accustomed to the use of rank classification using military terminologies such as ‘general’, ‘colonel’, or ‘sergeant’ as previously used in the police force.”

Acop said the adoption of the military rank classification for the police force also promotes a common understanding between and among the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP and would enhance their efficiency in inter-agency operations.

Sources: http://congress.gov.ph/legisdocs/basic_17/HB05236.pdf; http://www.congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=10603; http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/648344/ncrpo-chief-backs-proposed-bill-to-return-military-style-ranks-for-pnp/story/